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Loyola Speech & Debate Captures Third Consecutive BCFL Championship

It was three-peat for Loyola Speech & Debate at Saturday’s Baltimore Catholic Forensics League Championship at Catonsville High School. The team came back from an early deficit and finished with a decisive win in the Speech Sweepstakes and First Place in the Overall Team Sweepstakes.

This marks Loyola’s 13th BCFL Championship in the past 15 years. Please congratulate the following students for their award-winning presentations. All have qualified to represent the Archdiocese of Baltimore at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in Milwaukee over Memorial Day weekend.

Jakob Taylor ’21 – Top Presiding Officer Award in Congressional Debate

Andrew Abraham ’21 – 3rd Place in Congressional Debate

Don-Terry Veal ’19 – Qualifier in Congressional Debate

Collin Branam ’19 & Joey Ghirardelli ’19 – BCFL Champions in Duo Interpretation

Zach Durkin ’20 & Marlo Lacson ’20 – 2nd Place in Duo Interpretation

Mateen Kane ’21 and David Ruiz ’21 – 4th Place in Duo Interpretation

Mateen Kane ’21 – 4th Place in Declamation

Zach Durkin ’20 – 2nd Place in Dramatic Performance & 2nd Place in Oral Interpretation of Literature

Will LaMoure ’19 – BCFL Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking, 3rd Place in Dramatic Performance, & Semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking

Joey Ghirardelli ’19 – BCFL Champion in Impromptu Speaking & 2nd Place in Extemporaneous Speaking

Collin Branam ’19 – 4th Place in Extemporaneous Speaking & 3rd Place in Impromptu Speaking

Marlo Lacson ’20 – 3rd Place in Original Oratory

The team’s next event is the inaugural Maryland Speech and Debate Association Championship, which will be held at Loyola on Saturday, April 6.
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